The Trojans participated in their final practice of Fall Camp, battling it out in an inter-squad match up on the Coliseum gridiron. In a simulated game matching up the first and second string players agains the scout squad, the unit with less privilege and talent came out firing from the start.
“Going to be nice to see different defense instead of seeing same defense every single day,” said Cody Kessler, looking aheaad to USC’s season opener next week.
Discount the actual final 29-0 score because the scout team was gassed and out of legs following a grueling session of strong defense. The main point lies in the fact that going into halftime, the offense had failed to score a touchdown, only leading 9-0 on three Andre Heidari field goals.
The first-team offense led by Kessler struggled to move the football the entire half, looking rather lax coming off the football. With a scout team led by Grad Assistant Ross Cummings, the Trojans were fired up to rally towards the football and apply pressure on the quarterback.
“It’s good preparation for games on the road like Oregon State. You have to bounce back and play better, which I feel we did in the second half,” Kessler said about the offenses slow start to the final scrimmage.
The most revealing drive of the afternoon however, came when Max Wittek entered the red zone but failed to score on first and goal from the 4-yard line. Due to tight coverage, and a great job by the defense reading a bubble screen to Marqise Lee, the offense failed to punch the ball in for a touchdown.
Finding their groove in the second half, Nelson Agholor soared past numerous walk-on defenders for a three-touchdown performance. Agholor took center stage in the scrimmage, salvaging what otherwise was a lackluster performance from the first-team offense.